Elvis Costello - Sulky Girl Chords

 
         
         
         
         
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Standard guitar tuning:
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No capo
EmShe wears a wedding ring Her sister lent to throw them off Am the scent Just let them guess, is what they expect Who in the world has bittenEm her neck? She4s discovered Am wearing last night4s dress The carnal and cunning, she couldn4t express DWho do G C you think she4s trying to impress?

D G

I thCink you4d better hold your tongue

D G

Although you4ve nevCer been that strong I4m sDorry to sGay that I knew alCl along You were no Am7match for D Am Bm that sulky girl EmShe left her European town Before she leAmt that family down She couldn4t stand the Massacre game She Em dyed her hair and adopted another name With thAme evidence of passing out Stamped on her hand, she glows in the dark

D G C

He thinks she4s from another planet, oh

D G

I thCink you4d better hold your tongue

D G

Although you4ve nevCer been that strong I4m sDorry to sGay that I knew alCl along You were no Am7match for D Am Bm that sulky girl

C G Am Em C

SulkyG girFl, IB4m suFre you look a picture when you cry

C G Am Em C G F B F

But threatening the silent treatment doesn4t qualify

C

It4s like money inF theB bankF

C

Your expression is blanFk B F

C

But while the chance appears F B F

G

You4ll be nearer to tears Sulky girl C B F

G C

BSulkyF girEml EmHe said "Hello, my pretty flower," Just trying out his tycoon powAmer Avoiding the mirror, her pitying stare She said, "You4re mistaken, your Emmoney4s no good in here." Just some Am stupid little know-it-all Who thought she looked easy; he4s not that astute DHe4ll pay for G C the distance between cruelty and beauty

D G

I think yCou4d better hold your tongue

D

GAlthough you4ve never beCen that strong I4m sorry Dto say thGat I knew all aloCng You were no matcAm7h D G C for that sulky girl DI G C D won4t tell you again, what do you gain By G C blackening her name?

D G

SChe4s smarter than you, oh, isn4t it a shame

Am7

YoDu4re going tAmo lose tBmhat sulky girl

C G Am

Sulky girl, Em C G F B F I saw you practicing your blackmail faces

C G Am

SuddenEmly, C G F B F your talking lika a duchess, but you4re still a waitress

C

I saw through your preFtencBe F

C

But in my defence F B F

C

There are a few eventsF B F GI think we4ll spare the censor Sulky girl C B F

G C B F

Sulky girl GSulky girCl B F This is my first posting of chords, please be gentle. :) Really, though, if you would like to debate any of my decisions, any input is appreciated. SULKY GIRL

Verses

She wears a wedding ring her sister lent TBmo throw them off the scent JEmust let them guess, it's what they expect Who in the world has bitten her neck? SBmhe's discovered wearing last night's dress TEmhe carnal and cunning, she couldn't express Who do you think she's trying to impress?

A D G

Chorus

I think you'd better hold your tongue AAlthough you've never bBmeen thAat stroGng IA'm sorry to say thDat I knew all aloBmng YGou were no matAch for that Dsulky girlBm

G (

Em?)

A Em Fm

Verse 2

see verse 1

Chorus

Bridge 1

Sulky girl IG'm sureD you look a picture when you cry BEmut threatenBming the silent tGreatment Ddoesn'Ft qCualFify IGt's likeD money iEmn the bank Bm G D F C F G (hold

G)

YFourC exFpressiGon is blank (hold

G)

BFut CwhiFle theG chance appears YFou'Cll Fbe neaDrer to tears (still

D)

Sulky girl (2x)

G F C D

Verse 3

Chorus

Bridge 2

same as bridge 1 except fade out on Sulky girl 2G0% AmFnesiaCc D "Albatross!" Middle Class Twit instead of the root-like a D with an F# on the bottom. I once read an interview with Paul McCartney where they asked him what it was about Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds that he drew on for inspiration during his Sgt. Pepper period, and he said "Brian would take a C chord and play a G in the bass." You can find these "5th in the bass" chords all through the songs of McCartney and Brian Wilson. I haven't transcribed that much EC yet, but I know he likes the 3rd and 7th quite a bit. Steely Dan & Co. take the whole thing even farther by putting notes in the bass which aren't even in the chord at all, like an F chord with a G in the bass going to a G chord with a C in the bass. Or an A chord with a G in the bass. But I digress! The chord is Sulky Girl is a D chord, but with an F# in the bass. At the beginning of the Bridge he sings: "Sul...ky Girl" and right on "Girl" he plays the D/F# chord. So D IS the right chord, but putting that F# in the bass is what makes it sound so cool. Then he does it again on "cry" in "when you cry". What happens after that is wild, and I'm not sure what the guitar is doing, but the bass is going C C E C F E C. I think the guitar is just playing C to F to C, switching to F when the bass does. What a great song-and as with most great songs, the bassline is a melody, not just a bunch of chord roots. The next part is great. It's like money in the bank (bass:

C E C F E

C)

Your expression is blank (bass:

C C E F E

C)

But while the chance appears (bass:

C C F C

F)

I think your chords are right, except maybe it goes C F C instead of F C F-my mail program has everything so mixed up that I can't tell what goes with what anyway. But I digress-when it goes to the little vamp on sulky girl, the bass player does the third in the bass trick again, this time on the C chord. The bass goes: G G F F E D C, with the E hitting right when the C chord comes in. Earlier in the song, on the chorus there's another hint of 3rd in the bass. On "hold your tongue" the bass plays F# D G. The hardest part for me to hear is "never been that strong". The bass here is just wicked! My trick for picking out hard basslines is to record the cd onto a 2 speed tape deck at the slow speed and then listen to it at the fast speed. This makes Mssr. Costello sound like Alvin the Chipmunk, but it also brings the bassline up exactly one octave into the guitar's range and makes the pitches very clear. The only problem is when the bass starts playing really fast, like he's playing here. Oh-wait-there's the McCartney chord! On the "though" of "although" the bass is running up off of an E, so at the moment the guitar hits A, the bass is on E, the fifth. Here's another trick: rest your finger on pause and hit it right after he says "although" and let the sound of it roll around in your head in the ensuing silence. God I love Elvis Costello! Have you ever heard that song that Prince wrote called "I Love You More Than I Did When You Were Mine"?. It was covered by Cindy Lauper on her first album. Not that I'm a giant CL fan, mind you, but what she said "I know" in "I know....that you're goin' with another guy..." it killed me. I love that song. Anyway, "I know" is the exact same rhythm, notes and rhyme as "Although" in this song, but EC takes it a step further by putting the E in bass. But I digress. On "never been that strong" the bass player, I think, goes D D C B A G, so we've got D, D/C, G/B, and then he runs down to the root of the

G

This is that 7th in the bass I was talking about. A D chord with a C in the bass. This kind of chord loves to have the bass go down one fret to a chord with the third in the bass: D/C to G/B. EC loves this progression and does all sorts of exceedingly clever things with it. But i digress-there's one more third in the bass chord right at the end of the chorus. When he sings "I'm sorry to say that you knew all along" the chords are like you have them, G A D G, but after the 2nd G chord comes the D/F# again, on its way down to Emi A Emi F#mi. But wait! If anyone has actually read this far, HOW WOULD YOU INTERPRET THE LYRICS???